If you're not already familiar with it, I recommend that you read my Weekly ReWatch Caveat before we begin. Everyone else...secure your overhead bins because you might experience some disagreement turbulence this week.
Abandon, Adapt, Adopt
Three key characters, all of whom escaped adoption at young ages...Aaron was born on the island before mom Claire had the opportunity to give him up. Locke grew up in foster homes but was never adopted by a family. Walt was actually adopted by his step-father Brian but then his real father Michael took guardianship when Walt's mom died.
Jin: In a GOOD world, she would hate him...not me. [referring to Sun and her father]Jin's father is obviously off island, which to me is an indication that the real world is good and the island is bad (including whomever resides and whatever happens there).
Jin's father: It is a good world.
Deus Ex Machina
Locke: It was a dream but it was the most real thing I've ever experienced. I know where to go now.Locke has a vision of a bloodied Boone, who is repeating the phrase "Theresa falls up the stairs, Theresa falls down the stairs." She was his childhood nanny.
Faraday had a research assistant (and girlfriend) named Theresa. After he subjected her to a time travel experiment, she wound up...stuck in time. They could very well be one and the same in alternate realities.
Hurley is on the TV in the background when Jin is "sending a message" on behalf of Mr. Paik.
Hurley is the majority shareholder of the box company that Locke worked at before Flight 815.
Even though we never see her there, it is revealed the Emily Locke (John's mother) had also been a patient at the Santa Rosa Mental Health Institute...as were Hurley, Leonard Simms and Libby.
[Sidenote: even though it fits and would make sense, Damon & Carlton have said that the man who was plummeting outside of the window as Hurley was discussing the cursed numbers was not Locke]
Jin: I want to go back to the beginning. Can't we just start all over?Numbers
Locke: Everyone gets a new life on this island, Shannon.
Locke: We're not the only people on this island, and we all know it. [seems like he points in general direction of The Statue as he says it]
Michael: It's just life. We'll start over.
Martha Toomey: He put a shotgun in his mouth and pulled the trigger.Deus Ex Machina
[immediate thought: Radzinsky! Alternate Reality?}
Martha Toomey: You make your own luck.
Emily Locke: I want to tell you that you're special, very special.Literally!
Anthony Cooper: Your mother - she may be a little crazy, but at least she brought us together. Thank God it happened now, while we STILL HAVE TIME.
Anthony Cooper: See you ON THE OTHER SIDE, son.
Sawyer made a Lord of the Flies reference. Insert obvious parallels here: a plane crash, working together then taking sides, leaders and outcasts, a mysterious monster, strangers parachuting onto island, killing pigs, hallucinations, accidental deaths, fires, etc.
Deus Ex Machina
You may want to switch on your leap-of-faith brain for this one....
Traditional definition of the phrase deus ex machina:
a god, introduced into a play to resolve the entanglements of the plot; a person who provides a sudden and unexpected solution to a difficultyDeus ex machina literally translates into 'God from the machine.'
To me, there are several scenarios/people that fit the definition and/or description:
- Daniel Faraday's time travel machine, allowing one's consciousness to time travel
- Smokey, who emanates mechanical sounds
- Swan station computer
Bentham designed the Panopticon as a 24/7 surveillance machine for an observer to watch the prisoners without their knowledge. In "Discipline & Punish: The Birth of the Prison," his good friend and fellow philosopher Michael Foucault said the following:
This architectural apparatus should be a machine for creating and sustaining a power relation independent of the person who exercises it; the inmates should be caught up in a power situation of which they are themselves the bearers.During the EW Showrunner panel at Comic-Con in 2008, I had the opportunity to ask Damon and Carlton a question. Long story short, they confirmed that the panopticon was one of the reasons that they chose to use the name Jeremy Bentham.
For further contemplation...the Pearl hatch, used as an OBSERVATION & remote viewing station, is located smack dab in the middle of the machine/island. It was marked with a ? on the blast door map, probably because even Radzinsky and Kelvin Inman were unable to enter it or determine its use.
The Pearl logo is an empty white space (which reminds me of the inverted Lost logo that flashed at the end of the S5 finale after Juliet apparently detonated Jughead). Fascinating to say the least.
That this particular episode was Locke-centric only adds fuel to my theory fire. Oh, and this tremendously significant statement by Locke's mother Emily:
You're part of a DESIGN. You do realize that, don't you?Relationship Development
After the S5 finale, I was disappointed and a tad peeved that Jack's primary reason for wanting to detonate Jughead; that he wanted a second chance with Kate.
But after rewatching Deus Ex Machina, I finally realized just how much Jack loved her from the beginning. I'm no 'shipper, but I do believe that Jack and Kate are meant to be (as were Sawyer & Juliet).
Kate (about Sawyer): Thank you for helping him. I know it was probably the last thing you wanted to do.Shake the Disease
Jack: I didn't do it for him.
Whenever we find out that an ancillary character has an illness, I am skeptical and assume that they were either born on or have been to the island. For example:
- Juliet's sister Rachel: cancer
- Kate's mother Diane: undisclosed terminal illness
- Locke's girlfriend Helen: brain aneurysm
- Miles' mother Lara: undisclosed terminal illness
- Sawyer's uncle: brain tumor
- Walt's mom Susan: blood disorder
How is it that Desmond did not hear the trebuchet crashing down onto the hatch in an attempt to break the glass on the door, but finally turned on the light when Locke was banging on it with his fists?
The Visual & The Visceral
Locke's explanation of the game Mousetrap brought Faraday's rat maze to mind.
Locke turning the trebuchet wheel was reminiscent of his frozen donkey wheel stint.
The private detective that Locke hired to find his father handed over information in a red folder, just like the ones that Ben and Alpert used.
Anthony Cooper prepared his son a drink, just as he did right before pushing him out of an eight story window.
Of course we'll never know, but I had completely forgotten about the fact that Hurley had a brother and wonder why we never saw him again.
When Hurley was blasting hip hop music from his yellow Hummer and sporting some gold bling after winning the lottery, I had to laugh. So not you, dude.
File under: discrepancy. Hurley was institutionalized for being traumatized after causing a deck to collapse due to his weight...and yet he does not hesitate to cross a rope bridge above a ravine.
When Hurley reunites with Sayid after encountering Rousseau in the jungle, he said "she says hey." Instant reminder of Ghost Ana Lucia's comment to Hurley in S5, "Libby says hi."
Jin & Sun
It occurred to me while watching Jin and Sun immediately following their wedding (...In Translation) that Jin put their honeymoon on hold right after Jacob had told them that "your love is a very special thing; don't take it for granted." Note: yet another use of the word special.
Of course Mr. Paik was responsible for making Jin work instead of celebrate his marriage, but now I have to question if Jacob either knew or made contact with Paik as well.
Leonard Simms & Sam Toomey
Talk about two overlooked yet very significant players in the game of Lost! I am almost 100% convinced that they have either been to or lived on the island; ponder the following familiar elements:
- They served in the Navy
- In the South Pacific
- At a listening station
- Heard numbers repeating on transmission 16 years ago
And for further proof that both Hurley and Australia are essential to this entire story, consider the following:
Leonard: You used those numbers to play the lottery? You shouldn't have done that. YOU'VE OPENED THE BOX.In Season 4, Hurley states that "Australia is the key" while playing a game...Risk. When we met Leonard, he was also playing a game...Connect Four. I can connect a family foursome for you: Christian, Jack, Claire & Aaron (who was conceived in Australia).
Hurley: Those numbers, where'd you get them?
Leonard: Sam Toomey, he heard them in Kalgoorlie. It's a town where he used to work.
Hurley: It's a town where?
Leonard's box line resulted in the first substantial "holy sh*t moment" I've had since I began this ReWatch. Hurley basically opened Pandora's box, blew the lid off of the island (so to speak). And this occurs during the same episode where we learn that Hurley owns Locke's box company. COME ON. Let's not forget about death boxes: the coffins of Christian Shephard and John Locke. And Ben's infamous description of Locke's magic box...
Picture a box. You know something about boxes, don't you John? What if I told you that somewhere on this island there is a very large box, and whatever you imagined - whatever you wanted to be in it when you opened that box...there it would be?p.s. Martha Toomey is also fascinating because she is another candidate for some of my favorite theories; she has a missing limb and she was in a car crash.
After watching him get hit by a car in a flashback and also remove shrapnel from his leg on the island in Deus Ex Machina, I think Locke's theme song must be Tubthumping. "I get knocked down, but I get up again. You're never gonna keep me down."
We never really learn HOW it is that Emily Locke knew her son was special. She gave him up for adoption immediately after delivering. However, the presence of Richard Alpert at Locke's birth and Grandma Locke's odd reaction to him makes me wonder about what she knew, who was involved with the car accident that put Emily into labor in the first place, etc.
In addition, even though he didn't grow up with either parent, it is obvious that both of them knew he was "amenable for coercion." Thus, the kidney con.
Did Locke ever tell anyone about his former paralysis and wheelchair besides Boone?
Last week, I listed out each incident on Lost that has featured a car accident. The speculation was that perhaps Jacob was behind the wheel during each.
However, during ...In Translation when Sun said "I'm just as important as his car company," I remembered that her father owned Paik Automotive/Paik Motors. Mr. Paik is presumably a 'bad' guy but remains one of the more enigmatic figures with regard to how he figures into the bigger picture and overall arc of the series. He was the reason that Jin and Sun were on Flight 815 after all (to deliver watches...to deliver time).
He and Locke hold the keys to so many unresolved mysteries. When Locke asked Walt, "got yourself an opponent?"...I hesitated but had to consider the NotLocke & Jacob and the black and white theme.
I also just loved that after Locke confronted Walt about burning the raft, they both talked about how much they like being on the island. Special, party of two.
Taking MysteryMan/NotLocke's conversation with Jacob from the S5 finale into consideration:
Jacob: I take it you're here because of the ship.Danielle Rousseau and her crew crashed on the island, and then they searched for the source of the transmission. Flight 815 crashed on the island, and then they searched for the source of the transmission. Talk about lack of progress...
MM: I am. How did they find the island?
Jacob: You'll have to ask them when they get here.
MM: I don't have to ask. You brought them here. Still trying to prove me wrong, aren't you?
Jacob: You are wrong.
MM: Am I? They come, they fight, they destroy, they corrupt. It always ends the same.
Jacob: It only ends once. Anything that happens before that is just progress.
In Numbers, Rousseau told Hurley that "the numbers are what brought me here; as it appears they brought you." And MM says of the ship, "you brought them here." In my opinion, we can now link Jacob and the numbers definitively.
Sam killed himself and Leonard went crazy after hearing the numbers. Rousseau lost her marbles and killed her entire crew after hearing the numbers. Questionably crazy Hurley just may be the last man standing when all is said and done, when it finally ends and ends once.
Thanks for reading along this week! Stay tuned for more Rewatch analysis next week, as we revisit major baggage from Jack (Do No Harm), Sayid (The Greater Good) and Kate (Born to Run).